The FRED S. BAILEY INTERNATIONAL SERVICE TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP FOR CAUSE-DRIVEN LEADERS offers scholarships of $600-1800 dollars for travel to University of Illinois undergraduate students leading international service projects.

Award Amount

The Fred S. Bailey International Travel Scholarship program will fund up to 75% of the total cost of international travel with a service component.  Awards range from $600–$1800, depending on duration of study and associated costs (price of air travel to/from country, length of stay, etc.) For more information on maximum allowable funding for specific countries, click the link: Maximum Funding Allocation, by country


  • Student must be enrolled as an undergraduate student in good standing at the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign campus during the current or previous academic semester.  Student need not be enrolled in classes at the time of travel but must be working towards a degree at UIUC. Students who will have completed their degree requirements by the departure date of travel are not eligible to apply.
  • Minimum length of trip to be considered is 10 days.
  • Students interested in receiving support for travel must apply within the specified application periods.
  • Students must apply for funding for a specific international service trip but may submit more than one application for different opportunities.
  • Students may only receive one international service travel scholarship while enrolled as an undergraduate at UIUC.
  • Students must have specific travel plans related to an existing project or program and must have been involved in that program (academic or extracurricular) for a minimum of one semester prior to the time of departure.
  • If selected, the student must complete the program requirements outlined below.


Applications will be reviewed by the Bailey Scholarship committee during two application periods:

Application Period 1
(For trips that occur between December 20, 2017 - August 30, 2018)
Applications Open: August 28, 2017
Application Deadline: October 2, 2017

Application Period 2
(For trips that occur between May 1, 2018 - January 17, 2019)
Applications Open: January 16, 2018
Application Deadline: February 22, 2018

Application Requirements

    • Students will be asked to describe the learning objectives of the project or program they are travelling for and how the trip is connected to their educational and career interests in international development and/or cross cultural understanding.
    • All applicants must submit a letter of support from a faculty/staff sponsor with the application.
    • Students will be selected on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to the project/program, long-term career goals in international development or related fields, the trip’s potential impact on the student’s learning and professional development, potential for positive impact on the host community and financial need.


Program Requirements

  • Beginning in the Fall of 2017, all recipients of the Bailey International Travel Scholarships will be required to complete a 7-week online pre-departure course.  The Bailey Scholarship program has partnered with Omprakash EdGE to design a curriculum that will guide recipients as they reflect on their intentions and assumptions, examine problematic trends in international volunteering and within the broader landscape of aid and ‘development' and dig deep into the concepts of ‘inequality’, ‘culture’ and ‘community.’  Every student will also receive an EdGE mentor to answer questions and help throughout the process to think critically and challenge assumptions.
  • If selected, recipients must develop and submit a list of measurable learning objectives for the trip.  Learning objectives must be approved by the Bailey Scholarship Director and a “Faculty Sponsor.” For more information on the role of the faculty sponsor, click here.
  • If selected, recipients must keep a regular ‘Record of Perspectives’ documenting their project’s progress, local perspectives on issues and their personal progress towards meeting their learning goals.
  • Recipients are required to attend a pre-course orientation at the University YMCA on Monday, October 23 from 4-7 PM and a mid-course meeting on Monday, November 13 from 4-7 PM.
  • Recipients are required to attend the Leaders for Global Change conference held in March 2015 at the University YMCA.   If attendance is not possible (due to conflicting travel, etc.), students can arrange an alternative form of participation with the Bailey Scholarship Director.
  • Student must provide proof of travel and receipts for all travel expenses as well as any other trip related expenses as requested by the Bailey Scholarship Director.
      • Accident & sickness medical expenses;
      • Emergency medical evacuation;
      • Repatriation of remains.All Bailey International Travel Scholarship recipients must have adequate international health insurance (in countries in which you’ll be travelling) in order to receive their scholarship funds.  In most cases, this insurance can be obtained through the U of I Study Abroad office. As a general rule and requirements for the Bailey program, your insurance plan should cover you internationally for the following:


Resources for Faculty Sponsors


Applications will be reviewed by the Bailey Scholarship committee during two application periods: Application Period 1 (August 28 – October 2), and Application Period 2 (January 16 – February 22).

Only travel with a strong service component will be considered for this scholarship.  If your study abroad program includes a volunteer project, you may apply.

You must be enrolled as a University of Illinois student during your dates of travel. If you will graduate in May, you are not eligible for the following summer or fall but you would be eligible to travel during the spring semester.

Your faculty sponsor should be knowledgeable about the project you are going to be working on when you arrive in your host community.  Your sponsor might be an instructor who studies the country or issue you are working with, a student organization advisor, or an expert in international service learning. The faculty sponsor must be a member of the U of I faculty or a U of I course instructor.

The faculty sponsor helps the student develop learning goals for the project and provides a reference at the time the application is submitted to help the committee evaluate the student’s qualifications for the program.  For more information on the role of the faculty sponsor, download the faculty sponsor information sheet here.

The University YMCA has partnered with Omprakash to develop a 6-week custom pre-departure course. You can learn more about Omprakash and the EDGE philosophy here.  In addition, you can view this semester's course syllabus here.

Students who received a Bailey Scholarship may also apply for the international service travel award.  However, each student may only receive one travel award while enrolled as a University of Illinois undergraduate.

There is no minimum GPA required to apply. However, academic achievement is considered in evaluating applications.

There is no income requirement to be eligible to apply. However, financial need is considered in evaluating applications.

Candidates who apply during Application Period 1 will be notified by October 19. Candidates who apply during Application Period 2 will receive notification in March 9.

The Bailey Steering Committee appoints a special selection committee for these awards each year. This committee is made up of University YMCA board members, Y alumni, community leaders and activists, and University of Illinois faculty and staff. To learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Bailey program, email or call (217) 337-1514.

Yes! All undergraduate University of Illinois Urbana campus students are eligible to apply regardless of country of origin or citizenship status.

Unfortunately, no. The Bailey International Travel Scholarships are offered for undergraduate students only.